MemberOctober 4, 2021 at 9:02 am
I had a Saab 900! Great car, well engineered. Not the most attractive design by great vehicle. Sorry they left the US market.
Yes, it is contracted production not an owned and operated production facility. Similar to the arrangement Canoo has. Canoo has contracted for European production while their owned factory is being built in OK. More of an issue for Canoo since it is a Dutch company, VDL Nedcar, and shipping and duty will impact price/sales. Also, Sion’s R&D Facility is in Munich a long way from the contracted production in Sweden. On the positive side, Sion will not be in the market until 2023 so they have time to work out the kinks. As mentioned before, this late introduction into the market gives EU legacy manufactures and China a chance to get a hold in the EU market.
Probably the biggest issue with contracted production is the time, cost, and management energy it takes to make changes in the vehicle if needed during the production period since the change has to be spect’d out, costed, scheduled, priced and a contract mod approved by both parties. A pain in the you know what. Contracted production adds addition burden in scheduling, QC, logistics, oversight (Another layer of management and administration) and added cost.
Aptera will incur some of this since their production facility is more an assembly facility with components and subsystems produced by suppliers. This is the case with GM as much of the Bolt is manufactured in Korea and shipped to GM for assembly.
Of course, in the crazy EV market with the existing logistics issues who can predict what will happen in the next week let alone the next year.